Henry Lionel Utley, 52, of Newton, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.
Services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home, Newton, with Bro. Brad Harper officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Newton, with full military rites. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In loving memory of Henry, memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be left at www.blakefh.com.
Henry Lionel Utley was born on Nov. 30, 1961, in Las Cruces, N.M., the son of Jackie Dean and Janie (Icke) Utley. After the passing of his father, his mother married Ed Shelly, who raised Henry and his sibling as his own. He married the love of his life, Cheryl Gates, on Aug. 3, 1996. He served his country in the United States Army from June 1987 till June 1990. Henry enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycles and was a die-hard Pittsburg Steelers fan. Henry was a volunteer firefighter with the Wade Community Fire Protection District and an EMT. He was currently employed as a truck driver with ITS Trucking Company. Henry was a member of the Newton Christian Church. Henry was very proud of their two sons, Piers and Justin and loved being a Grandpa.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Cheryl Utley of Newton; mother, Janie Utley Shelly of Newton; sons, Piers A. (Brittany) Neal of Newton, and Justin M. Neal of Newton; grandchildren, Taylor L. Neal, Michael G. Neal and Allie J. Neal; foster son, Christian Schreier of Edgewood; mother-in-law, Anna Mae Gates of Martinsville; two sisters-in-law, Linda M Utley of Robinson, and Bonnie (Larry) Foppe of Trenton; 15 nieces; 15 nephews; and many loving friends.
Henry was preceded in death by his father, Jackie Dean Utley; dad, Ed Shelly; father-in-law, Robert J. Gates; sister, Georgie E. Utley; and brother, James D. Utley.
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